A weblog by Robin Hawley Gorsline, Queer theologian and poet, husband, father and grandfather, friend, citizen and activist—on a journey in search of embodied, soulful truth for myself and the world.
It’s Our Turn Now
October 6 is a big day for progressive church folk everywhere. It was on that date in 1968 that Rev. Troy Perry led the first worship service of what would become the global Christian movement known as Metropolitan Community Churches.
But we are not just about celebrating anniversaries–important though they are. MCC is also moving forward.
For example, this past weekend, leaders from 15 MCC congregations in the eastern U.S. gathered in Washington, D.C. for a Church Size Summit. While there, we learned about how the size of the worshipping congregation affects the church structure and program–and we learned how to begin to change to become more effective.
And, in a first, on October 5 and 6, the pastors of four Virginia MCC churches gathered in Richmond for a 24-hour retreat. We spent the time talking about our calls, our churches, and our plans for the future. And because it felt so good to share collegially, we have agreed to meet again this winter.
Both of these events remind us that our work is just beginning, that God is calling us to build new networks of faith and action.
Thank you, Troy, and all the other pioneers, for getting us started. Now, its up to us to carry on and move forward.
Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).
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